Want a cheap flight to take your family to the summer sun? Here's how to get one
I ticked a bucket list item last month and found myself in Reykjavik, a place I've always wanted to see.
It was wild, cold and compelling, so I'm delighted that Icelandic airline WOW Air will offer cheap flights to Boston and Washington DC from Dublin later this year with a stop-over in their capital.
I think sometimes we only think of Aer Lingus and Ryanair when getting off this island, and with the proposed sale of the former very much in the news, I thought it might be an idea to examine the best ways to avail of cheap flights.
February is a key month for Dubliners to book a trip for summer sunshine, so I've compared some flights using different methods to see which worked best (see table).
Here's what I found:
Remember your rights when flying are well documented and observed in Europe. However, they are not as generous or obvious as you might think.
You are entitled to redress if your flight is delayed, but it depends on the time, distance being travelled and circumstances.
You get meals, refreshments, accommodation (where necessary) and transfers if the delay is at least two hours. If the flight is cancelled you get the option of the next available flight, a rescheduling or a refund. You can't have both.
Airlines can get out of the obligation if they notify you of the cancellation two weeks in advance though, which is annoying for onward journeys and pre-booked accommodation.
The Regulator is the Commission for Aviation Regulation (www.aviationreg.ie).